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Arbitration Competition


Congratulations to 2018-19 National Champions Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law (pictured above). Full results»

Thank you to the American Arbitration Association’s International Center for Dispute Resolution for its generous support of the Arbitration Competition!

American Arbitration Association

About the Arbitration Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate.

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar….

2018-2019 Arbitration Competition Dates and Locations

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2018-19 Topic: Personal Injury

Entry Fee:
First Team $600
Second Team $550


2018-2019 National Finalists

SMU – Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law

Briana Blackman, Charles Entsminger, Ty Harding, Karina Rambeau

Second Place
Aaron McDonough, Lydia Wardi, Ashlyn Grim, Brazitte Poole


Texas Tech University School of Law
John Haugen, Sara Jaeckle, Johnathan Young, Darrian Matthews

New York Law School
Katryna Cordova, Jennifer Kuhn, Tiffany Kong, Courtney Deblois

More Competitors

Drake University Law School
Connor Perry, Dominique Johnson, Ayinde Ashford, Adam Kiel

Michigan State University College of Law
Tyler VandenAvond, Emily Sosolik, Ian Beck, John Becker

Mississippi College School of Law
Mason Bonner, Karmel L Keeton, Grant M. Tarleton, Princess Williams

University of Oklahoma College of Law
Laura Waddill, Fox Whitworth, Jourdan Johnson, Armando Melendez



Host Schools

Brooklyn Law School Dale E. Fowler School of Law - Chapman University University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law University of Oklahoma College of Law

Arbitration Problems and Final Round Recordings

Recent problems and final round recordings are also now available at no cost. These resources may be downloaded and shared within your school for educational purposes. Downloadable and viewing links can be found here.



Competition Rules and Guidelines


Arbitration Competition Winners & Finalists


Regional Host School Rotation

The Arbitration Competition depends on law schools to host the regional competitions. To create a fair rotation of this responsibility we have created the Host Rotation Schedule and assigned participating schools to upcoming years. Please review this rotation to see when your school is assigned to host. If you cannot host in the year assigned, please contact sara.stretch@americanbar….

2018-2022 Arbitration Regional Host Rotation Schedule*

*Schools listed in the rotation schedule are not confirmed hosts. Please see the 2018-2019 Arbitration Competition Dates and Locations for this year’s host schools.


Regional Assignments

Each registered law school must rank their regional preference for Host Schools. The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to its first or second choice. Priority will be given to those schools in geographic proximity of their first or second choice. Any School who does not complete the form will be assigned as space is available.

Each school will receive official notification of its regional assignment. Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Law Student Division and confirmation of the competition dates from the regional Host School.


Competition Format & Team Composition

A team consists of four JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school. Two students play the lawyers and two students play the witnesses for their side in each round. The lawyers and witnesses may change their roles from round to round but must keep their same roles in a round. Each team will compete in two rounds and the top four teams will advance to the semifinals. The first place team from each regional competition will advance to National Finals.